Drag the Y_gameplan.gif and Y_pieces.gif
(below) onto your desktop, resize as required and print onto thin
card. In the case of the board you will want to enlarge the image
and print in A4 landscape format. Cut out the pieces and fold along
lines as indicated.
This is a game for between two and
twenty two players.
Each player chooses a role and plays with
the appropriate piece.
You will need a die. The player who
throws the eventual highest score starts.
Players divide into two teams:
- Those belonging to the Royal family contingent
- Yurovsky and the members of his Cheka Detachment
Each player starts to play from their
respective start point as labelled on the board.
The die is thrown in turn by members
of opposing teams and each player moves around the board one room
at a time, through open doorways only, according to the number on
The player may move back and forth
between two adjoining rooms if necessary to use up their number.
When a players piece lands
in a room occupied by another players piece the player already
present dies and is removed from the board and placed in the possession
of the opposing team. If a player is killed by a member of their own
team then the dead player is still claimed by the opposing team.
The winning team is the one that
has remaining players on the board and their score is the number of
players from the opposing team they have killed.
In the town of Yekaterinburg, situated
in the Ural Mountains of Eastern Russia, is the house where on the
night of July 17th, 1918 the Russian Royal Family met its
Under instructions from VI Lenin
and Sverdlov in the Central Committee in Moscow a twelve-man Cheka
Detachment, led by Yurovsky, entered the house and shot dead the Tsar,
his family, their Doctor, maid and dog. The corpses were taken into
the woods, dismembered and buried.
On the morning after the murder Yurovsky
sent a telegram to the Central Committee which read:
MOSCOW. THE KREMLIN. TO THE SECRETARY
OF THE COUNCIL OF PEOPLES COMMISSARS, GORBUNOV. CHECKED WITH
SOURCE. INFORM SVERDLOV THAT THE ENTIRE FAMILY MET THE SAME FATE AS
ITS HEAD. OFFICIALLY THE FAMILY WILL DIE DURING EVACUATION.